Summer 2021

 Editor's note

Sometime in the 1970s, musician and producer Brian Eno was suffering from a creative block. In search of an unblocking tool, he invented a card game called Oblique Strategies, which determined a constraint under which to work. “Abandon normal instruments” reads one example. Another, and more pertinent to the summer issue of Interior Motives, is to “ask people to work against their better judgement.” This injunction could be a plausible foundation for GAC Enpulse – a roadster aimed exclusively at the Chinese market. As Pontus Fontaeus explains, his LA-based studio has taken a giant leap into the unknown: how to design a sportscar for an audience that had little to no experience of the typology. Where on earth do you start? We track the journey of the Enpulse, which takes us into a truly digital realm. Ever since Le Corbusier’s Voiture Minimum architects have dabbled in car design. British superstar Thomas Heatherwick, the designer behind the unequalled London Olympic Cauldron, is the latest to have a stab with the Airo. I must admit, I was sceptical on first seeing it – Artex ceiling aesthetic and Crittall window left me cold – but there are some interesting ideas going on inside that chime with current debate around autonomous driving. Staying with China, and Lincoln continues to pursue its aeronautical dreams with its ‘quiet flight’ concept in the aptly named Zephyr. And finally, much has been written about the great screen debate further ignited by the Mercedes EQS hyperscreen. We look at the other elements of the interior, which, while less controversial, remain worthy of closer scrutiny.

Until next time

James McLachlan